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Oct 4, 2012 11:00pm EDT
/ryan rally was more like a victory campaign. most political observers say romney won the debate. >> last night was an important night for the country because people got the -- >> reporter: romney then offered his own debate analysis of sorts. >> i got the chance to ask the president questions that people across the country have wanted to ask him, such as, why is it that he pushed obamacare at a time when we had 23 million people out of work? >> reporter: running mate paul ryan also turned attention to the debate. >> last night america got to see the man i know, a leader. >> reporter: this post-debate rally was staged in a reliably red part of virginia. the event was delayed because so many people were still trying to drive in. early in the evening, the nra officially endorsed the romney/ryan ticket passing out orange hats. and trace adkins warmed up the crowd, but it was still the romney debate performance that had voters energized. >> he took the debate by the get-go. this is one of the most vibrant campaign rallies since he started i think. >> a lot of people felt like they di
NBC
Oct 5, 2012 6:00am EDT
campaign back on track after what pundits from both sides have called a poor debate performance. and romney will attack the president's energy policies. >> with a second wind from the debate, romney is trying to distance himself from controversial comments caught on hidden camera. romney appeared on the sean hannity show on fox news last night and said his comments about the 47% of americans who don't pay income tax were, quote, just completely wrong. in that video, romney said 47% of americans consider themselves victims and don't take personal responsibility. he originally defended those comments. >>> there is anticipation ahead of september's jobs report. analysts are predicting the economy added 115,000 to 125,000 jobs last month. that's better than the disappointing 96,000 jobs added in august. the unemployment stands at 8.1%. >>> to a developing story. public health officials are rn wai warning hundreds of people in more than 20 states, including maryland and virginia, about a steroid contaminated and responsible for a deadly meningitis outbreak. the steroid was sent to 20 different f
NBC
Oct 5, 2012 7:00pm EDT
perhaps your ears picked up during this year's debate, when mitt romney talked about federal funding and took on pbs in the process. it was one of the memorable moments in the debate, when mitt romney called for an end to government funding of the moderator's own network. >> i am going to stop the subsidy to pbs, i like big bird, i like you too, but i won't keep spending on things to get china to pay for it. >> but while he didn't have an attack that night, president obama talked about it the next day. >> he will get regulations on wall street, but he will crack down on sesame street. thank goodness, somebody is finally cracking down on big bird. >> pbs has had mostly conservative politicians for years, when he was house speaker, gingrich called it the little sand box for the rich, prompting others to impact about pbs. >> i think he chose the wrong target. >> the network of sesame street and the civil war and masters, pbs has 179 stations across the country, including some smaller rural stations that couldn't make it without the subsidies. the federal share of the corporation for public
NBC
Oct 5, 2012 11:00am EDT
obama and mitt romney, a debate many are saying was won by romney. >> the issue is substance over style. when it comes to the substance of it, the president's policies are p important thing. anyone can dance around like romney did and if you change your position and disown your own plan within a second of having issued it, i think it's hard to be like a moving target like that. >> reporter: t next event is off to cleveland. the president has maintained leads in ohio and the key now is to maintain the leads through the november election. at george mason university, derrick ward, news 4. >>> mitt romney is visiting coal country with a stop at a machine company. romney and paul ryan were both in fisherville, outside charlottesville where they received the endorsement of the national rifle association. >>> as we told you, today the september jobs report is out. the unemployment rate fell to 7.8% last month. it's the first time it's dropped below 8% in four years. employers added 114,000 jobs last month. we'll have more on what it means in a live report from cnbc coming up later in the
NBC
Oct 5, 2012 7:00am EDT
against romney that were absent from wednesday's debate. all but calling his opponent a liar. >> governor romney may dance around his positions. he may do a tap dance and a two-step, but if you want to be president, then you owe the american people the truth. >> reporter: mr. obama's top advisers concedes the president needs to come back fighting the next two debates and find a sharper way to sell his message. we'll make adjustments, his top strategist said. president obama took aim at cutting funds to pbs, the home to big bird. that's less than $100 million a year, just a fraction of the overall federal budget. >> thank goodness somebody's finally cracking down on big bird! who knew that he was responsible for all these deficits? elmo's got to watch out. >> reporter: meanwhile, a past presidential nominee, former vice president al gore, who had his own debate struggles, offered this unusual explanation for mr. obama's uninspired performance, blaming the high altitude in denver. >> obama arrived in denver just a few hours before the debate started. romney did his debate prep in denver. wh
NBC
Oct 5, 2012 12:35am EDT
during last night's debate? mitt romney said that he loves big bird. which was even more awkward since the question was "can you explain your tax plan?" [ laughter ] aftemonths of build-up, last night was the first presidential debate at the university of denver. of course, a lot of big names didn't show up for the event. joe biden, nancy pelosi, president obama. no, he just didn't -- [ light laughter ] [ boos ] it was not a good night. not a good night for the president. in fact, the president seemed to give long-winded, disjointed answers during last night's debate. even gary busey was like, "dude, you got to focus. [ laughter ] focus. first, one can understand stuff." [ laughter ] that's right. romney was the big winner last night and in case you missed his performance, we boiled it down to just the best parts. here, take a look. >> big bird -- grabbed my arm -- and said -- i'm coming for -- you -- rich guy. [ laughter and applause ] >> jimmy: i read that a lot of people were -- played drinking games last night, during the debate, where they -- they took a shot when someone said a c
NBC
Oct 5, 2012 5:00am EDT
. stay with us. "news 4 today" continues now at 5:00 a.m. >>> mitt romney and president obama reaching out to bases in virginia as they try to build momentum after their first debate. good morning, everybody. i'm karen gilchrist. >> and i'm eun yang. welcome to "news 4 today" for this friday, october 5th, 2012. we're looking for a delightful day today, but some big changes are coming. >> let's just look at today. >>> right now off to a clear and chilly start. we had the lower humidity move in while you were sleeping, and what a delightful start to this friday, a clear sky. the moon and jupiter in the southern sky. bright venus now rising, and a gorgeous morning under way. it is certainly feeling autumnal. all those areas in dark green are in the 50s. the light green, generally low 60s. that includes areas right around the chesapeake bay and parts of areas just east of washington and the eastern shore. but much of virginia, much of maryland into west virginia, it's in the 50s, even a few spots here in the highlands. these areas in blue are in the 40s this morning. all around ou
NBC
Oct 5, 2012 4:00pm EDT
. if wednesday's debate was a shot in the arm for the romney campaign rather. today's jobs report could be the same for the president. for the first time since he took office a, unemployment has fallen below 8%. meanwhile, mitt romney was also campaigning in the common wealth where he down played the drop in the rate. danielle lee is on capitol hill with the latest from the battleground state. >> from president obama, this is proof that his policies are working, but for mitt romney, the unemployment rate now at 7.8% doesn't tell the whole story. at a rally a in virginia, a smiling president obama took full advantage of september's jobs report. >> more americans entered the work force, more people are getting jobs. >> reporter: the unemployment rate fell to 7.8%. marking the first time it's been below 8% during his presidency. >> today's excuse is not an excuse to talk down the economy to score a few political point. >> reporter: political points is exactly what mitt romney was going for while talking to voters in virginia. >> this president calls his policies going forward. i call
NBC
Oct 5, 2012 6:00pm EDT
do anything. can't debate, so change the numbers. >> it's ludicrous to hear that kind of statement. >> reporter: secretary of labor denies any political motivations a saying the numbers are real. while romney launches tv ad as promising to do better than president obama. >> i have a detailed plan to create 12 million new jobs. >> reporter: obama is celebrating this report. >> this country has come too far to turn back now. >> reporter: a benchmark, he says, proves america is on the right track. economists say the number of new jobs being created is not enough to significantly lower the unemployment rate. the next jobs report comes out in four days before the election. reporting live on capitol hill, i'm danielle lee, news 4. >> our team coverage of the presidential election takes us to opposite cornerses of virginia. while governor romney was in coal country in abington, president obama was in fairfax. the president talked about more than just jobs today. >> hello, patriots. >> reporter: in a performing arts hall filled mostly with women, the jobs report wasn't all president obama
NBC
Oct 5, 2012 5:00pm EDT
back now. >> reporter: in contrast to the debate, the president today energetically jabbed back at his opponent, accusing mitt romney of an extreme makeover. mr. obama reminded of romney's performance. >> for all you mom and kids out there, don't worry, somebody is finally getting tough on big bird. rounding him up. elmo's got to watch out, too. governor romney plans to let wall street run wild, again. >> reporter: democrats also used big bird as a prop to ruffle feathers in southwest virginia where romney campaigned in coal country. but a campaign spokesman challenged the president's assessment of the unemployment rate. >> he wants to brag about a 7.8% unemployment rate, but the fact is the middle class is being buried. >> reporter: still obama supporters who admitted they were taken aback are happy to celee drop. >> i think the new jobs numbers are fantastic. it was great news and i think, i was just so happy to be here. he seemed to be right on his game. >> i am very confident in the campaign. there is nothing that i see that is negative about this campaign. i think he is moving for
NBC
Oct 5, 2012 4:00am EDT
romney is in virginia. governor romney boasted about his debate performance and told supporters he will take back the white house, but for the first time romney backed away from his controversial remarks about the 47% of americans who don't pay federal income taxes. he was asked what he would have said if that came up in the debate. >> clearly in a campaign with hundreds if not thousands of speeches and question and answer sessions, now and then you're going to say something that doesn't come out right. in this case i said something that's just completely wrong. i absolutely believe, however, that my life has shown that i care about 100%. >> president obama campaigned in wisconsin and sharply criticized romney's statements during the debate on tax cuts, education and outsourcing as misleading to the middle class and the president had this to say about his opponent's plan for reducing the deficit. >> i just want to make sure i got this straight. he'll get rid of regulations on wall street but he's going to crack down on sesame street. thank goodness somebody's finally cracking down on bi
NBC
Oct 5, 2012 4:30am EDT
rally in st. petersburg. >>> if romney did gain an advantage from his debate performance, he had the biggest audience watching. the nielsen ratings company said an estimated 67.2 million people tuned in for the debate. it's the largest audience for a debate since bill clinton, george bush, and ross perot faced off in 1992. the biggest was for joe biden and sarah palin that attracted 70 million viewers. democrat tim kaine is leading governor george allen in fund-raising. the former governor raised $4.5 million between july and september. that is over george allen, $3.5 million, who is also a former governor. >>> this morning a prince william county woman is accused of operating an illegal daycare and cruelty to children. tara angeline ran growing minds daycare licensed out of her home on summer work drive in manassas. police say tuesday she left six children all under 2 years old in the care of her 16-year-old daughter. during the investigation, child protective services agency officials said angeline often made her teenager watch the children for long hours. >>> this week marks ten y
NBC
Oct 4, 2012 10:00pm EDT
today, mitt romney looks to build on his debate momentum as the jobs report is released. >>> and the guy who pulled a prank on customers waiting for the new iphone when we see you friday on today. >> there is ha iphone again. that is our broadcast this week. next week while we will be on the air it will be for the live coverage of the vice presidential debate and "rock center" will return the following week. for all the good folks who worked so hard to bring you tonight's broadcast, good night from new york. your late local news begins now.
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